British authorities are investigating cases of suspected foot-and-mouth disease at a Norfolk pig farm.
Following the alleged illness in pigs, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom has declared a 10km temporary controlled area around the site near Feltwell in King’s Lynn as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the disease. Stated. And West Norfolk.
He said the facility would remain restricted until official test results were available.
Foot-and-mouth disease is highly infectious.
Animals can catch the virus by making direct contact with the infected animal.
It affects ungulates, including:
It does not affect humans.
The last outbreak in the United Kingdom was in 2007.
A more serious outbreak of the disease in 2001 caused havoc in the UK’s agricultural sector, eventually slaughtering 6.5 to 10 million animals across the UK.
In the 2001 outbreak, the disease reached Ireland, aggressive meat processing policies were introduced, and 13,000 sheep and 3,000 cattle were killed in the CoLouth exclusion zone.